Lots of people have a very casual attitude towards marijuana. However, court officials and police officers aren't among them. The fact is, even though society is getting more and more permissive towards marijuana use, marijuana is still illegal and being caught with it carries very real legal consequences.
A good illustration of this comes from former Louisiana State University quarterback Jordan Jefferson. He was out on bond from a 2011 simple battery case when he was allegedly caught with marijuana. Because of the marijuana charge, his bond has now been revoked and he has been sent back to prison.
Jefferson was one of four former LSU players who were arrested last week after police reported to an apartment and allegedly found them smoking marijuana. For Jefferson, though, the consequences of the arrest may be more serious than for the other three because of the 2011 battery.
It appears possible that Jefferson will remain in jail until he is arraigned for the marijuana charge Dec. 12 He has been ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and the results might determine whether he says in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or whether he is allowed to be released.
As we said, please do not make the mistake of thinking that marijuana charges are "no big deal." It would be very unfortunate if you underestimated the severity of these charges and did not respond to them appropriately.
Our Lafayette office often works with people who have been charged with drug offenses. For more relevant information on our practice, you could visit the Drug Charges portion of our website.
- WAFB-TV, "Former LSU football standouts arrested on drug charges," Oct. 25, 2012
- The Associated Press, "Former LSU QB Jordan Jefferson ordered to jail," Oct. 30, 2012